PBLA Board President to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Join us in congratulating PBLA Board President Kevin Feth, QC, who has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession.

Kevin is a partner at Field LLP where he primarily practices in the areas of labour & employment, education and aboriginal law, and civil litigation. A graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Kevin completed his Bachelor of Laws in 1989 and was called to the bar in 1990.

A long-time supporter of access to justice in our province, Kevin has volunteered his time with a number of organizations with the aim of providing pro bono legal services to those in need, and increasing access to justice for all Albertans. Kevin first joined the PBLA Board of Directors in March 2009 and was elected Vice President in September of the same year. He served as Vice President through 2013, when he stepped down to serve as President-Elect, and then President of the Law Society of Alberta. Kevin returned to PBLA in March 2015 and  was elected President in June of that year.

Prior to joining PBLA’s Board, Kevin was active with Student Legal Services of Edmonton, the student-run pro bono legal clinic at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, where he served as a case worker and later Board Chair. He also served for five years as a supervising lawyer with Pro Bono Students Canada. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Law Society of Alberta Legal Aid Agreement Task Force, and was instrumental in negotiating the new Legal Aid Alberta Governance Agreement and the $70 million increase to legal aid funding, which were announced by Premier Rachel Notley and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley in October 2018. Alberta’s legal aid system is expected to  serve an estimated 7,000 additional people as a result of those changes.

In addition to his extensive work in the community, Kevin has distinguished himself within the legal profession. He is the current Chair of Field Law’s Post-Secondary Education Practice Group, and past Chair of the Labour and Employment Practice Group in Edmonton. He previously taught Labour Law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and co-authored Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Carswell, 1999). He was a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) provincial and national Councils, Chair of the CBA National Civil Litigation Section and Sections Council, and has sat on numerous Law Society of Alberta committees and task forces since early in his career.

PBLA is honoured to have such an outstanding member of the profession serving as Board President, and we ask you to join us in congratulating Kevin for this well-deserved honour.

The Distinguished Service Awards are jointly awarded by the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch and the Law Society of Alberta. The awards luncheon will take place on Tuesday, February 5 in Edmonton.

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